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Lived/Active: Montana/Wyoming      Known for: wildlife in landscape painting

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Kyle Sims
from Auction House Records.
Disturbing the Peace
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Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Kyle Sims, b. 1980, United States

Sims’s training with the arts began very early, but with no formal regimen in place. His talent and interest was recognized early by his parents and they nurtured and encouraged this passion. At 13, he was inspired by the work of Carl Brenders. At 16, he began taking workshops that enabled him to meet Dan Smith, who has since become a good friend, and Paco Young, who nurtured his development and encouraged him to paint from life. Painting in the field altered the way Sims sees, not only his subjects, but how it can help an artist to make a more pleasing painting.

Sims paints to visually re-enact the experiences he has had in the wild with his animals. His active research and continued practice, coupled with his inherent, natural talent, have helped Sims grow into one of the most sought after wildlife artists in the country. Kyle Sims enjoys making new discoveries with oil paint and observing wildlife firsthand.

• BA, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT
Selected Exhibitions
• National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix De West, Oklahoma City, OK, 2009-2014
• Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2014
• National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Show and Sale, Jackson, WY, 2008-2014
• Settlers West Galleries, Settlers West American Miniatures, Tucson, AZ, 2008-2014
• Collectors Covey, Annual Miniature Show, Dallas, TX, 2006-2014
• Ponderosa Gallery, Fall Classics, Hamilton, MT, 2006-2014
• Trailside Galleries, Showcase, Jackson, WY, 2006-2014
• Buffalo Bill Center For The West, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Cody, WY, 2004-2014
• Bennington Center for the Arts, Artists for a New Century, Bennington, VT, 2006
• Arts for the Parks, Top 100, Washington, DC, 2005
• Society of Animal Artists, 45th Annual Exhibition, Berthoud, CO, 2005
• Douglas Invitational, Douglas, WY, 2000, 2004
Selected Press
• Art of the West, "The Studio", Minnetonka, MN, March/April 2012
• Southwest Art, "Being There", Broomfield, CO, Feb 2012
• Western Art Collector, "Nature’s Calling", Scottsdale, AZ, Sept 2010
• Art of the West, "Gaining Ground", Minnetonka, MN, Sept/Oct 2010
• Western Art and Architecture, "Illuminations – One’s to Watch", Bozeman, MT, Fall/Winter 2009
• Western Art Collector, "Following the Big Game", Scottsdale, AZ, Sept 2009
• Western Art Collector, "Fall Gold", Scottsdale, AZ, Sept 2008
• Art of the West, "Special Beauty", Minnetonka, MN, 2008
• Western Art Collector, "Wild Kingdom", Scottsdale, AZ, Oct 2007
• Art of the West, "Paying Tribute to the West’s Wild Spirit", Minnetonka, MN, March/April 2007
• Southwest Art, "21 and Under", Broomfield, CO, 2002
• Masters of the America West, Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, 2013
• Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Best in Show, 2009
• Prix De West Art Show and Sale, Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award, 2009
• Arts for the Parks, Top 100 and Wildlife Award, 2005
• Society of Animal Artists, Distinguished Young Artist Award, 2004
• Douglas Invitational, People’s Choice Award 2000 & 2002
• Douglas Invitational, Sponsor’s Choice Award, 2000
Public Collections
• University of Cal Poly, Pomona, CA

Biography from Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers VI:
Kyle Sims was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 12, 1980.  He was raised there until the age of 18 when he ventured off to college in Billings, Montana, where he received his BA in art.

Sims’s obsession with depicting the natural environment around him began early, but he remembers age 13 as being a crucial time.  At 16, he began taking workshops that enabled him to meet Dan Smith, who has become of good friend, and Paco and Toni Young, who nurtured his development. Paco encouraged Sims to paint from life, and this way of seeing changed Sims’s work in a big way.

Sims enjoys making new discoveries with oil paint and getting out and observing wildlife firsthand.  Ungulates’ rutting periods can be very interesting, as their social interactions and activity levels increase, and Sims has found that this can make for some fun storytelling within the painting, which is the key to a successful piece.

He has exhibited annually at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale as well as at a few well-known miniature shows. In 2005, he was awarded the Wildlife Award at the former Arts for the Parks competition. During that same time, he was awarded the Distinguished Young Artist Award from the Society of Animal Artists.

In 2009 Sims received the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award at the Prix De West Invitational and Best of Show at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. His work has appeared in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and Wildlife Art.

Masters of the West Show, Autry National Centery, Los Angeles, CA.

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